How to Move House with Your Cat
Blog / 11/22/2014

How to Move House with Your Cat By Mary Mathews   Moving your cat to a new home can be a smooth transition for you and your pet. You can prevent your cat from running away if you take time to acclimate her. Before Moving: 1. Obtain a copy of your cat’s veterinary records to give to the vet in the new area. Also get a health certificate from your vet. Some states require that this be presented at the border before entering the state, even if you’re just passing through. 2. Call the state veterinarian in the capital of the state you’re moving to. Find out if you need to provide any paperwork to bring your cat into the state. 3. Call the town or village hall in the new locale. Ask about licensing requirements. 4. Make arrangements for your cat to travel with you in a car or by air. Cats are not permitted on trains or buses in most areas. 5. Purchase a carrier for your cat to travel in. When You Move 1. Feed your cat five to six hours before you move. Let her drink two hours before you leave the house. Some people suggest…

How To Stop A Cat Urinating On Carpet
Blog / 10/19/2014

How To Stop A Cat Urinating On Carpet   The very first thing you must do if your cat is urinating on your carpet is get him or her to the vet. It is of vital importance that you do this. It is quite common for cats to get what is called a urinary tract infection (UTI) and if it is not caught and treated in time, it can very quickly lead to death. Why do cats get UTIs so easily? The answer is two-fold. Firstly, cats are notorious for not drinking enough water. Secondly, the high-ash content of most supermarket brand cat foods contribute to crystal buildup in the cat’s urethra. The combination of the two very often lead to a urinary tract infection. In order to stop a cat urinating on carpet, you first need to get a vet to give your cat a clean bill of health. Then we’re down to dealing with a behavioral issue. There are as many reasons for a cat peeing inappropriately as there are breeds of cats so you need to do a little detective work to determine why your little feline friend has decided to abandon his litterbox. Once a behavioral…

How to Find a Lost Cat
Blog / 06/18/2014

How to Find a Lost Cat By Mary Mathews Here’s what to do if you ever find yourself needing to find a lost cat… 1. Walk slowly and call out your cat’s name. A lost cat will probably not come out of hiding, but will whimper and cry. If they’ve just run out, leave the door (or wherever they left by open as they may be just out for a walk and will come back soon) 2. Make familiar sounds likely to attract your cat: Shake a box of her favorite dry cat food or open a can. 3. Search your neighborhood thoroughly late at night, including your old neighborhood if you’ve recently moved. Be cautious around cars and garbage cans. Tell your neighbors to be on the lookout as sometimes cats are simply next door. 4. Place fliers that give a good description of your cat around your neighborhood. Be sure to make small tear off tabs at the bottom with the cats name and any identifying marks, collars etc, your name and your phone number. Many times people don’t respond to the fliers because they can’t remember the phone number! 5. Check the Found Cats section of the…

Cat Urine Remedy – Cat Pee Problems and Solutions
Pets & Pet Care / 04/29/2014

Cat Urine Remedy – Pee Problems and Solutions   Can’t stop your cat-peeing in the house? Then worry no more… VET Reveals How to Stop Your Cat-Peeing Outside the Litter Box PERMANENTLY! A cat-that-pees in the house can make your home smell like a litter box. It can be upsetting and stressful for you, and can become incredibly expensive if you’re forced to continually clean carpets and floors, or replace furniture. Many owners mistakenly believe that the-problem will eventually go away… Others give up in frustration and are forced to give their pet away, or worse… While others scream and shout at their feline friend, which only succeeds in creating an even more anxious and confused pet that’s MORE LIKELY to pee-and-spray in inappropriate places. If any of this sounds familiar to you, then don’t worry… Because whatever the reason for his inappropriate peeing-and-spraying, there is a very simple solution… And it will finally enable you to… * Stop his peeing and spraying outside the litter box for good! (This professionally created and proven system will work whether he has just started peeing where they shouldn’t, or if they’ve been doing it for years) * Create the happy, contented and…

How to Treat Cat Bite and Scratches
Blog / 04/23/2014

How to Treat Cat Bite and Scratches   As many as 40 percent of cat bites and scratches become infected and require medical care. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Steps: 1. Clean the wound immediately with lots of soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide. 2. Put pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding. 3. Hold the wound above your heart if the bite is on your hand or arm. 4. Place a clean bandage over the wound. 5. Assess the wound for signs of infection: unusual redness or swelling, increasing warmth in the area, red streaking, or fever. See a doctor if signs of infection develop. 6. Get a tetanus shot if your primary series is incomplete or if it has been more than five years since your last shot. 7. Determine the rabies vaccine status of the cat. The cat should be observed for 15 days to see if it develops signs of rabies if its vaccine status is uncertain. Rabies is a virus that can be fatal if a vaccine is not administered in time. Seek medical care if the wound is gaping, if bleeding does…

Urinary Tract Infections In Cats
Blog / 04/17/2014

Urinary Tract Infections In Cats   A cat with a urinary tract infection (UTI) is a very serious issue. When a cat is suffering from a UTI, they will very often avoid their litter box and either urinate or spray around your house. The reason your cat does this is that he is associating the pain he’s feeling when urinating with litter box. Your cat will often avoid peeing until she can no longer hold it and have to go wherever she is when it’s “too late”. You may even see a bit of blood in your cat’s urine. It’s time to see the vet. Your vet will prescribe a course of antibiotics for your cat and perhaps some pain medication. It is now of vital of importance to address your cat’s diet. Ask your vet about special urinary foods that are available for your cat. These are specially formulated to avoid crystal buildup in your cat’s urethra to prevent possible flare-ups in the future. You must also have plenty of water sources available for your cat. Unfortunately, many cats simply don’t drink enough water and this can lead to urinary tract infections. Either place glasses of water around your…

Spraying Cats – Why They Do It
Blog / 12/08/2013

Spraying Cats – Why They Do It   In a lot of cases, when a cat stops using the litterbox to urinate, owners often think the cat is spraying. Although this can often be the case, it is certainly not the rule. There is a key difference between a cat that is spraying and one that is urine marking. A spraying cat will invariably mark on vertical surfaces. Your wall, the leg of the sofa or the side of the bookcase. A urine marking cat will typically target a horizontal surface like your bed or just on the carpet. All cats are quite capable of marking. It doesn’t matter if they are spayed or neutered. Although intact male cats are the most likely to mark, it is not unheard of for an intact or spayed female to do the same. So why do cats spray in the first place? To leave what’s called a pheromonal message for other cats to smell. Think of it as a calling card that says “I was here. Now you know.” The only problem is, you don’t need to know that your cat was there! If you suspect your cat is urine-marking, book a visit…

How to Tame a Feral Cat or Kitten!
Blog / 11/17/2013

How to Tame a Feral Cat or Kitten! By Mary Mathews   With a little patience and time, a feral (or wild) cat can be tamed into a loving pet. Younger cats are more apt to adjust quickly: 6-to-8-week-old kittens typically take two to three weeks to adjust to a domestic environment. Steps: 1. Enclose the cat or kitten in a small space at first – a bathroom or bed-room works best. 2. Turn out the light if the cat is terrified; this often has a calming effect. 3. Put a bed, a litter box, food and water in the room. If the cat is very young (6 to 12 weeks), put her in a large carrier with a grated door and small windows. 4. Spend at least 2 to 3 hours a day with the animal. Just sitting quietly in the same room will allow the cat to learn that you are not a threat. 5. Gently compel the cat to let you touch her. Carefully wrap a blanket around her if you have to, hold her on your lap and pet her. Stroke her coat and touch her ears, face and neck as you talk to her in…

How to Trim Your Cat’s Nails
Blog / 08/17/2013

How to Trim Your Cat’s Nails By Mary Mathews   Remember, if you don’t trim your cat’s nails, they will find some way to scratch them down on their own… most likely on your furniture! (This is less of an issue for outdoor cats). Trimming nails, like bathing can be a really fun, easy process if you know how. Steps to trim your cat’s nails: 1. Get your cat accustomed to having their feet and nails handled; whenever you’re snuggling, take a moment to massage each paw. 2. Turn on a strong light. Trimming your cat’s nails in good light will help you see the “quick” (the part of the nail containing nerves and blood vessels). Cutting into the “quick” is painful and will cause bleeding. 3. Have everything ready before you start. Cats don’t like restraint, especially for long periods. 4. Place your cat in your lap, and gently hold one paw. 5. Unsheath your cat’s retractable nails by placing your index finger underneath one toe and your thumb over the top of the same toe. Squeeze your fingers together gently. As you do this, you’ll see the toenail protrude; it will remain extended until you release your hold….

Cat Odor Removal
Blog / 08/15/2013

Cat Odor Removal   The smell is unmistakable. Sometimes it can be so strong it can make your eyes water. It’s enough to drive anyone crazy and to go to any length to research cat odor removal. I have extensive experience with cleaning cat urine from carpets, bedspreads, clothing… you name it. I have had many cats over the years and a few of them were notorious for being “sneaky leakers”. I won’t get into the causes for inappropriate urination in this article as you can find plenty of information about that elsewhere on Thinking Outside The Litter Box. However, if your cat is peeing outside the litter box, please get him to the vet ASAP. It is of vital importance as if your cat has a urinary tract infection, time is of the essence. Ok, so how do we go about cat odor removal? I’m a bit frugal myself, I must admit so I use a bit of a homemade recipe that consists of the following: 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide A teaspoon of dish soap 1/4 cup baking soda I recommend mixing these ingredients together (carefully) and putting in a plastic spray bottle. You can then douse…